I've been getting several emails a week from newbies saying that the boards aren't busy and that they aren't seeing new posts.
If this is happening to you please click on User CP in your main menu then click on edit options... then scroll down to Thread Display Options and make sure that "show all threads" is showing in your Default Thread Age Cut Off. Then scroll down to hit save changes and you should see more posts.
If you are a registered member (non paid member) all the chatting is going on in the premier areas!
Once a registered member becomes a premier member all posts from the free chat area that the member started gets moved to the appropriate forum for that specific post. This is why the free chat forums are busy.
Hope to see you on the other side!